Paul Says Clinton Should've Been Fired Over Benghazi Attacks

Jan 23, 2013

During Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's Congressional testimony Wednesday about the attack on an American consulate in Benghazi last year, Kentucky Senator Rand Paul questioned what he described as Clinton's negligence in the months preceding the attack.

The web site Mediaite quotes Paul as thanking Clinton for taking culpability for "the worst tragedy since 9/11" but noted that, if he had been President at the time and had learned that Clinton failed to read some key diplomatic cables before the attack, he would have "relieved her of her post."

Paul's opening statement prior to his questioning laid out his argument.

"One of the things that disappointed me most about the original 9/11 is that no one was fired. We spent trillions of dollars, but there were a lot of human errors. These are judgment errors and the people who make judgment errors need to be replaced, fired, and no longer in the position of making these judgment calls," said Paul, a first term Senator from Bowling Green, Ky.

During her testimony, Clinton pointed out that Congress has failed to act on several State Department requests for increased funding for consulate and embassy security.